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When we bought our car the only tail lights it had was the big one in the center, so i went to buy tail lights but they dont work when you step on the brakes if i remove them the brake light bar on the trunk lid works but if i reinstall the light bulbs it stops working.

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  • Keith Whitehead May 11, 2010

    I would say it it sounds like you have a short in the wiring...? Do you know if they've ever had after market lights on it?

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Check the connections going up from the body to the trunk lid. Right at the hinge point, the wires often break internally. If it's the ground wire for the centre light, it's getting it's ground through the tail lights which should cause the problem.
The other thing to check is the switch at the brake pedal. I think it's 2 seperate circuits right from the brake switch.

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